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What is my most marked characteristic?
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
At the moment… in Ireland, it would be the Gap of Dunloe… it´s breathtaking and so virgin to human intervention… in Cork the busy street of Oliver Plunkett… I like the cultural interactions in the air.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
Well Cork has good places to eat the local food, but I like a tiny place in Grand Parade called the Three Amigos… it´s a small place with large windows and a cosy environment… and you can get a good chocolate with marshmallows or a cappuccino and maybe some quiche or salad… VERY SIMPLE! But the owners are so funny and welcoming, that I would go back a million times there! The Oliver Plunkett for the very Corkonian environment… and so many more places to go, like Kate Kieran’s in the Gap of Dunloe, The Mills on the way to Killarney…
In Bogotá… I would be lingering between the craziness and creativity at El Cielo, the typical family lunch at Crêpes and Waffles, my favourite Pad Thai in Wok or the best Colombian cuisine at Casa Vieja, or a delicious breakfast at Amado Bocado in city centre.
What books influenced my life and how?
Booooooks! The conversation with someone else’s letters! Demian by Hermann Hesse… a tale of a soul in search of itself… The Last Elf by Silvana de Mari, that elf was a dream of a being! He made me dream to become a better human (I was reading it to my daughters) The Little Prince… what can I say.. simple but so honest. The Ecclesiastes in the Bible… there is a time for everything!
Who are my favourite writers?
Poe hyperaesthesia meets art! Hesse, deep… a soul speaking about thoughts and feelings. Umberto Eco, love for cultures and their mysteries! Oscar Wilde, passion, soul and beauty. Pirandello, bold, sarcastic, creative. Rimbaud, Boudelaire, the dark side of passion. Suskind, smell in a bottle of gold. Cortazar, too honest, shivers. Borges, greatness. Shakespeare, language… Huxley, premonition. Collins, politics with fake names. Camus, charged with feelings. Philip Dick, possible future. Isabel Allende, women, skin. Virginia Wolf, liberation. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, connection to the female power. Yeats, narration. Too many to put in one paragraph.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
The sound of waves, birds, piano played by Yann Tiersen or Satie. Sigur Ros, Olafur Arnalds, Agnes Obel, some Radiohead… Cellos, violins… the voice of my daughters singing…
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
Merida DunBroch… bold, dreamer
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
Margarita Matiz, she put Colombian design in the outer space with Frio! Zaha Hadid, powerful, innovative, bold. Coco Chanel, courageous, creative, divergent. Artemisia Gentileschi, strong, gifted, honest, brave. Richard Branson, fighter, entrepreneurial, fearless. Leonardo Da Vinci, complete. Michelangelo, unveiled art behind the stone. Klimt the colour of passion. Too many…
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?
The Giver… no beauty, no feelings, no senses, no colours, no memories… sounds like a world without happiness. Collateral Beauty… needed to be longer and was just a taste, still amazing.
What role plays art in my life and work?
It’s the way I breathe, it´s linked with my heart in a profound way! There might not be a piece of design work I have not struggled to bring down to the Design grid from the Art clouds.